- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The candidates vying to be the state’s last elected lieutenant governor are debating on South Carolina educational television.

The hour-long debate between Republican Henry McMaster and Democrat Bakari Seller was airing statewide Monday.

McMaster is a political veteran. His career includes two terms as attorney general. He also served as the state GOP chairman.

Sellers is more of a political newcomer. He is giving up the House seat he first won in 2006 to run for lieutenant governor.

The lieutenant governor has three jobs in South Carolina. He is constitutionally mandated to preside over the state Senate and to take over for the governor if needed. Lawmakers also have put the state’s Office on Aging under his supervision.

Starting in 2018, the parties’ gubernatorial nominees will pick their running mate.

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